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An Expat Talks about Living in Mexico City, Mexico

Submitted by catira

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Mexico City

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

If you are working here, start with work colleagues. An organization called MEXPAT also hosts monthly events for expats here.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Yes.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Mostly corporate headquarters, all major international companies have offices here. Having a network and connections is very important. It is often that one will get a call from a friend who knows about a position at his or her company and will "invite" you to apply.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

People tend to work long hours during the week, not much on the weekends which is generally reserved for families. If you have kids you will be invited to tons of birthday parties, parents are expected to attend, not just drop the kids off. The parties are quite extravagant compared to the US.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be aware, be safe.

Learn the language and adapt. Don't expect the same efficient service you get in the US.

Enjoy it.

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